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Off-Duty NYPD Officer Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

The victim who was killed during a hit-and-run accident that happened near the Newark airport was an officer for the NYPD.

Details about the Fatal Accident

Multiple sources are reporting that a man who was killed in a hit-and-run accident on the New Jersey Turnpike early Sunday morning was an off-duty officer for the police department in New York City.

The victim, 25-year-old Officer Vincent Harrison, of Valley Stream, New York, was assigned to the 100th Precinct in the Rockaway section of Queens.

A trooper from the New Jersey State Police said that Officer Harrison was heading south on the highway near the Newark Liberty International Airport when his vehicle, a 2013 Chevy Cruz made contact with a 2003 Ford Escape at around 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

Officer Harrison pulled onto the right shoulder of the roadway after the accident, but the other vehicle was disabled and was not able to move out of the highway’s right and center lanes.

When Officer Harrison exited his vehicle, he was hit by a 2008 Infiniti that passed between the two vehicles. Officer Harrison was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Later that day, police were able to locate the driver of the 2008 Infiniti who hit and killed Officer Harrison. Police are currently working to determine the proper charges that will be filed against that driver.

Important Information about Pedestrian Accidents

According to an article published by USA Today:

  • The number of hit-and-run accidents that happened in the United States rose as much as 13 percent from 2009 through 2011.
  • Interestingly, the jump in pedestrian accidents happened during a time period in which the overall numbers of motor vehicle accident fatalities decreased.
  • More and more states around the country are making the penalties for fleeing the scene of an accident even more severe. 


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